Thursday, September 8, 2011

guest tutorial: spray painted lace lamp shade

Have you checked out Add Some Paint?  It's a new blog with some great DIY ideas.  Jenna, one of the contributors, has put together a cute thrift store lamp re-vamp to share with us today...

Hello! I am excited to be guest posting today! I will be showing you how you can use spray paint and lace to create an amazing pattern on a boring old lamp shade.

Over at, we are a group of frugal sisters who love inexpensive projects. So, naturally, I bought this lamp from The Goodwill for $4.99.

I spray painted the base of the lamp before tackling the shade because my husband and I wanted it to be clean and white. Before you spray paint, mask off the neck of the lamp and the cords with tape and plastic. I used a grocery sack. 

After I spray painted the lamp base, it was time to choose what color(s) to spray paint the lamp shade. I experimented with scrap pieces of paper. First, spray a small amount of spray adhesive glue on paper, and lay a chunk of lace over the sticky paper and smooth it down so it sticks.

Then, spray your color of choice over the top of the lace.

I tried a few different approaches:

  • I spray painted the paper, then laid the lace down, then spray painted a different color;
  • Laid the lace down, spray painted one color (heavy on the paint), and then another color on top of the original;
  • And any other variations we could come up with.
This part was really fun. My husband and I loved trying different color schemes with different approaches.  Here are a few of the results we came up with:

We ended up choosing color scheme number 3: yellow on the bottom, then lay the lace down, and navy blue on top. The contrast is very fun. (I kept the paper; maybe I will write my mother a note.)

Now that we decided on what colors we wanted to paint the lamp shade, we went to work.

1. Spray the lamp shade with your base color, and let it dry.

2. Spray the lamp shade with adhesive glue and lay your lace over the top. Smooth it down so it sticks well. (FYI: Parts of the lace that aren't stuck down well will appear blurry when you uncover.)

I loved the way the lamp looked with just the lace on top. If the spray adhesive was more permanent, I may have just left it this way... but I continued on.

3. Spray the top of the lace with your second color.

4. Uncover the lace! Let dry.

I haven't found a place for this lamp, but I love the way it turned out. And the great part is that I can spray it again and start all over if I please.

Thanks again for featuring us on your blog today! We hope you like our project.
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What a great project!  I love that they did test sprays on paper to decide on the color scheme...such a good idea.  A big thank you to Jenna and the girls from Add Some Paint.  Head on over to their blog and check out all they have to offer!


  1. Wow!! That is REALLY cool. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Your skills are so impressive, Jenna! I love the lacy-lace... way to turn the nasty looking lamp into something we all wish we had in our house. :)

  3. I wish I would have done these to our nightstand lamps instead of just adding ribbon! I just may have to redo them!

  4. That is so beautiful! I want to do this for sure!

  5. that is amazing! i absolutely love it.
    never thought to do something like this!
    {love} lauryn @

  6. That is beautiful! I am working on a sewing room/guest room & this will be great on the wall-mounted lamp.

  7. Cool! I love the way it turned out. I have a lamp shade I want to do something for, this helps with ideas!

  8. Any special type of paint you have to use? Like heat proof or something?

  9. what type of adhesive did you use?? I am doing this on my mailbox tomorrow and thought i had everything i needed... =(

  10. Thanks for sharing! I am inspired. I already had the lamp!

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